On December 22, 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) reported a “major power outage”, resulting in damaged equipment that shut down the IT systems. The US Patent and Trademark Office provides full online electronic filing and processing for US patent and trademark applications and for maintenance of issued US patents and trademarks.  As…

On January 17, 2015 the US Patent and Trademark Office reduced its filing fees for Federal Trademark Applications. The fees for online filing of TEAS Plus was reduced by $50 to $225 per class of goods or services.  The TEAS Reduced Fee (TEAS RF) Application is a new type of online application having a filing…

The US Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) has extended the After Final Consideration Pilot 2.0 (AFCP 2.0) through September 30, 2015. New Feature – AFCP Response Form (PTO-2323) A new feature of the AFCP is designed to reduce prosecution time and increase collaboration between examiners and applicants or their representatives. In response to an AFCP…

        The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has launched an online toolkit to help individuals with basic information concerning trademarks.  The website is located here. The Trademark Toolkit includes a link to: General information about trademarks; How to respond to a Cease and Desist letter; What to do if an infringement…

Recently, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (“Samsung”) was awarded an interesting patent, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”), that allows a mobile phone or music player to essentially be used as a virtual guitar. More specifically, U.S Patent No. 8, 378, 202 is entitled a “portable communication device capable of virtually playing musical instruments.” As noted…

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